Volume 11, No. 7 • July 2014



HR Practice




  • Breaking the Cycle of Stress

    Too often, stressful days at work can lead to lack of perspective, sleepless nights, rushed “working” lunches and a cluttered work environment. These reactions to stress, though natural, lead to further stress. Careerealism offers advice on breaking the stress cycle.… Read the rest

  • Resources for Working Families

    Since the June 23 White House Summit on Working Families, the Women’s Bureau has introduced new resources to help working women. Among them is an online portal that connects women at any career stage with relevant tools, data, resources and publications developed by the department. Another is an online map that provides federal- and state-level statutory information on employment protections against pregnancy discrimination and for nursing mothers, as well as contact information for related state government offices.

    Visit the Read the rest

  • Funding for Leave Studies Announced

    How can states develop and implement successful paid family and medical leave programs? The Women’s Bureau and the Employment and Training Administration will make $500,000 available to fund feasibility studies for such programs in up to five states. Secretary Perez announced the funding at the White House Summit on Working Families on June 23, and on June 27 the department sent letters to all 50 state governors, inviting them to submit applications outlining their interest in leave feasibility studies. “States … Read the rest

  • 4 Ways to Be the Best Possible Version of Yourself

    It is a life-long struggle to act honestly and with integrity. Valorie Burton offers advice on living according to your personal values.… Read the rest

HR Law

  • OFCCP Posts New Section 503 and VEVRAA FAQs

    As part of its on-going effort to provide guidance to the contractor community, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has posted additional Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) responding to questions received from contractors. The FAQs address requirements of the revised regulations implementing the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 503).  These new FAQs have been added to the many FAQs already published on the OFCCP Web site.

    The VEVRAA FAQs … Read the rest

  • Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Revise the Definition of “Spouse” Under the FMLA

    The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons. The FMLA also includes certain military family leave provisions.

    The Department of Labor has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to revise the definition of spouse under the FMLA in light of the United States Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor, which found section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) … Read the rest